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, a dramatic change from tyranny-- coincided with the triumph of the athens of pericles. pericles was not a tyrant, but a leader chosen by the athenian citizens as their representative. he led athens through a period of reconstruction after the wars with the persians, wars which left athens in ruins, but finally rid of its great enemy and at the head of a league of greek city-states. the mid-fifth century b.c. was the period of athens' greatest influence, not only on the greek world at that time, but on subsequent history. the most impressive monument to that influence is the acropolis, the citadel which still dominates athens. pericles used the resources or, some contemporaries argued, abused them to rebuild the acropolis and crown it with the parthenon. the bold simplicity of the building, with its strictly harmonized repetition of the most basic geometric shapes, has had an unparalleled influence on the world's architecture. the creators of the parthenon, including the sculptor phidias and the architect ictinus, adapted the traditional temple form, but refined it. they created
. >> police on high alert following the events in spain as the new coalition government in athens braces for its first strike. >> japanese auto makers scale back production in china as anti-japan protests take their share. shares of toyota and nissan slam in reverse. >> you're watching "worldwide exchange," bringing you business news from around the globe. >>> welcome to today's program. the conference board measure went up. ignored that yesterday. >> u.s. consumers are about the only consumers who seem to be doing somewhat better these days. certainly not the case across most of europe. >> not that happy in spain. spanish police and protesters clashing in madrid last night. thousands descended on the country's parliament, demanding fresh elections and an end to cuts and tax hikes. joining us on the phone is a reporter for the newspaper. i think you've been up all night. how would you describe the mood on the streets and the strength of these clashes? >> reporter: people were, like -- people feel this anger toward politicians due to the cuts, to the social cuts. it was tense. clashes wer
on a mission ran the distance from marathon to athens for the first time. today, this iconic route leads to the heart of the eurozone crisis. than that at precisely 42,195 meters long, this is the route that has become the standard for all marathon runners. the course was inspired by a 2500 year old ms., only today, it is run on asphalt along one of the greek capital's main roads. every november, the classic marathon starts here in the stadium and the town of marathon. at the moment, it is being prepared for the upcoming football season. this father of five is unemployed but takes pride in supporting his third league team. it is about more than just football, he says. it is about the legend. >> the name says it all -- the battle of marathon. it is really a privilege of being here and being able to help. >> this is the bay where it is said the legendary battle took place. it marked the first greek victory over the persians. according to legend, the athenian warriors gathered in a phalanx formation and managed to fight off the persian invasion appear that a messenger ran the distance to at
billion euros. 3000 police have been deployed to central athens. >> the main square of athens was a battleground again. a group of young demonstrators set garbage alight and threw molotov cocktails at police. officers hit back, dispersing the crowd. demonstrators fled. the protests started peacefully with tens of thousands of people showing up. the unions who organized the all greek workers. millions live in athens, but on wednesday morning, the streets were quiet. shopkeepers pulled down their shutters. railway workers walked off the job. the top national earner, the shipping industry, stood still. unionists had spent days had prepared for the rally, complaining that a steer the cuts had hung greek workers out to dry. >> we have been subjected to all the reductions. i think even when euro away from us, we will be finished. >> greeks complain they feel the pinch of government spending cuts. >> that are forcing me to quit my job early, without my wanting to. they are forcing me to take a reduction in salary and benefits. everything will be cut. >> greece's government says it ha
round of austerity measures. >> the budget talks come as strikes and demonstrations continued in athens and other parts of greece. the protests have broad public support with virtually everyone affected from students and pensioners to those in need of ongoing medical assistance. >> hundreds of disabled greeks came to athens from across the country to tell the government not to cut their benefits. they say current average payments barely meet their basic needs. >> the disabled are part of society, and they should be protected through the country's constitution. they want to cut what meager incomes we have. we have no other way to survive without our benefits and pensions. >> the new round of belt- tightening measures includes plans to cut health-care spending, but details have not yet been released. leaders of the coalition government have agreed to a deal designed to save 12 billion euros by 2013. >> there was an agreement on the basic framework, and there are, of course, outstanding issues. >> greek media say the finance minister will present the plans to the country's international le
is joining me. it's not the first strike in athens. will the latest round have any affect? >> it's not likely, because the government has said it will not budge from but path of spending cuts and more austerity. it is under pressure and from the international community, its creditors. it would not get the next 31 billion euro installment and would face bankruptcy and a possible exit from the euro. that's difficult message to sell to the people, because they are a nation between rage and despair. this country is suffering from record unemployment, 24%. a third of greeks below the poverty line. that is what is fueling the social unrest. it is what is making tens of thousands of people come out onto the streets of central athens and other big cities in this first big general strike since antonis samaras and his government took power in june. >> the government is adamant that it will stick to its plan, but could there be a sense in which these kinds of strikes help the government is looking for some leeway in the timetable in which it has to implement the reforms? >> i think you are right. what a
. apparently crowd control has gotten out of hand. this is near athens. i don't have the full details. >> it's in the square, heavy security out there, people with helmets. they've got gas masks on and there are lots of things going on. >>> developing news in the south bay overnight. santa jose chef attacked while on break. now, more about what happened. >> reporter: san jose police have another violent crime investigation on their hands. they're still trying to put the pieces together. police were called to the scene in east san jose just after 11:00 last night. police say the first call was for assault and battery that quickly updated to a weapons call. police arrived on south white road in mount vista to find a man with serious injuries on his head. police say he is a chef at the restaurant and was on a break when he got jumped. >> right now, we're trying to determine if he was stabbed, shot or hit with a blunt object. we know he's in very serious condition and we're waiting for an update. >> reporter: he was taken to a local hospital where he is this morning. police are trying to determi
there at the historic, cultural, and literal high point of any trip to athens -- the acropolis. like other hilltop sites in the ancient greek world, athens' acropolis, or "high city," was both a place of worship and of refuge when under attack. crowned by the mighty parthenon temple, the acropolis rises above modern athens, a lasting testament to greece's glorious golden age in the 5th century b.c. grand processions followed the panathenaic way, which was a ceremonial path connecting the town below and the acropolis. they'd pass through this imposing entryway and up to the religious heart of the city in the parthenon. the parthenon was perhaps the finest temple in the ancient world. valiantly battling the acidic air of our modern world, it still stands, with the help of ongoing restoration work. it was constructed in the 5th century b.c. and dedicated to the virgin goddess athena. seeing it today is awe-inspiring, but imagine how striking it must have looked when it was completed, nearly 2,500 years ago, in all its carved and brilliantly painted splendor. the adjacent erechtheion is famous for its porch
with police in athens today as an anti-austerity strike turned violent. good evening, i'm gwen ifill. >> woodruff: and i'm judy woodruff. on the "newshour" tonight, we get the latest on the unrest boiling over in greece and also in spain as europe tries to come to grips with its debt crisis. >> ifill: then, two takes on politics: first, how the campaigns are targeting young voters. >> the largest segment of undecided voters in america i think will be found on college campuses. we're seeing more than 10% of 18- to 24-year-olds at this point in the campaign are still undecided. >> woodruff: and we look at the push to get voters to cast their ballots before election day. >> ifill: plus, turkey's foreign minister tells margaret warner the syrian war is spilling over the border into his country. >> we have around 90,000 refugees in our camps and around 40,000 refugees in several cities. it is a humanitarian treasure. >> woodruff: from our american graduate series, ray suarez gets the teacher of the year's take on how to engage students and keep them from dropping out. ♪ >> ifill: and we
to this question, which is an interesting one. if you look, you've got the athens index up 10% over the past year. shanghai is down 9%. which do you buy now? >> right, you are right. we don't like all that red at this point. we actually have -- you didn't fly in. mcc is here, which is good for a lot of reasons. but first we're going to look at some of the violent pictures out of spain that we got from late yesterday. a nationwide strike in greece today. typically you get anything like this happening, you'd be over there, right? >> right, we discussed it. there was a 10:00 p.m. flight from jfk to madrid. >> so you did think about it. see, i'm right about this. you are michelle caruso cabrera. joining us now onset. and you did not go. why? >> well, because we thought as the evening wore on that things had actually calmed down, so we weren't sure that we were going to see a lot more protests today. and we think there's going to be many more to come in spain. i will have plenty of time. >> what was the tipping point in the last couple of days? >> last night, late afternoon u.s. time last night in mad
squarely back into the spotlight. street battles erupted in athens as nearly 70,000 people staged the largest demonstration since may of last year. we have a report from james mates of "independent television news." >> reporter: it's a sight that has become all too familiar in central at thens. a day supposed to have been about a general strike and peaceful protest turned quickly into ugly violence. the police were prepared, but against volleys of pet troll bombs they could do little more than stand their ground and wait with tear gas and stun grenades to turn them back. this is the first protest since a new government was elected three months ago, a government forcing through yet anoer round of punishing spending cuts. in a country where one in four are already unemployed, perhaps one shouldn't be surprised the public anger at times tips over into violence. the morning had seen tens of thousands march on parliament demanding the government change course. they know it's hopeless, of course, their leaders are deep in negotiations with europe and the i.m.f. about cutting wages and p
wants to end the bailout. >> where it all began -- in athens, the wrangling drags on over the next austerity plan. >> london says farewell to its summer of sports as the paralympics come to an end. >> it is crunch time. germany's highest court is set this week to rule on key changes to the way the eurozone is -- one politician is trying to delay the verdict. but he has asked the constitutional court to -- >> he has asked the constitutional court to delay its decision. >> these new tools were championed by the german chancellor herself. >> the court is reviewing its request that it review its long- awaited ruling on whether to let it bailout fund pass into law. peter gauweiler file the request in light of the central bank's announcement that it will buy unlimited amounts of bonds from troubled eurozone countries. for the far left, too, it is reason for a rethink. >> if the european central bank goes this way, we will not need a bailout mechanism. the bank itself will do the bailing out. it will not have to consult any parliament. >> the ecb's decision to buy barnes has raised fears
in a clinic 12 kilometers from athens. stephanos is diabetic here the clinic provides the care he needs to manage his condition. the 56-year-old has nowhere else to turn. >> without doctors of the world, i would already be dead. >> medications for chronically ill patients come from donations. those unable to pay for treatment can no longer return to the government. doctors warn that the national health-care system needs 1.5 billion euros to avoid collapse. >> now that we have the crisis, we realize we do not have a real social state. everyone was quite happy. now that the money ran out, it is not happy. >> those who are able to pay their debts to the tax office but are still core are issued a pass entitling them to health care. those without the passer left with two options -- getting help from the church or initiatives like doctors of the world. 1/3 of the greek population is no longer covered by the national health-care system. the situation is critical, and it is not limited to the poorest of the poor. dialysis, cancer, aids patients as well as families who need routine medical servi
on the widespread use of sexual violence, including rape. running battles in athens as police confront protesters angry at the new round of severe government cutbacks. author j.k. rowling reveals her new book and her regrets about writing to of her most famous novel so quickly. >> there were times when it was really tough, and i read them and i think, maybe i will go back and do it over. >> welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. two massive bomb blast have shaken the syrian capital today setting the military headquarters of light. bombs and bullets are not the only weapons in this war. we heard firsthand evidence of rape being used to emulate and a great victims -- used to humiliate victims. graphic attacks are taking place. >> is just one of the many roads along which they fully. these are among the quarter of a million refugees of syria's war. they bring with them a handful of belongings and stories of crimes that haunt the survivors. this woman said she was arrested at a checkpoint and later repeatedly raped, along with three other women. >> a daily rape took place in f
than 30,000 people in athens alone joined the march to the country's parliament. they were protesting the government's decision to cut spending by 12 billion euro. the spending cut is required for getting financial aide from the european union and the international monetary fund. protesters throwing fire bombs and stones clashed with police. they all set fire to stores. workers at schools and public transport authorities joined the strikes. tourism sites were closed. it was the first general strike since the current administration took power in june. >>> stock prices around the world are headed lower on wednesday. investors continue to threat over the situation in europe. and for more, we're joined by our business reporter at the tokyo stock exchange. how are japanese stocks kicking off this morning? >> the nikkei fell below 9,000 on wednesday hitting a two-week low and it is moving below that level. it's now heading -- trading below 8,900. let's look at the levels. the nikkei is $8864 down half a 1%. and topix down half of1%. now at 739. the dow jones finished at 13,413 down about a
some way out. bbc news, athens. >> the new international envoy to syria has described the death toll in the country as staggering and the destruction as catastrophic. more than 100,000 people fled syria in august. according to the united nations. it's the highest monthly figure since the county began in march of last year. some of you may find the images in this report distressing. >> they have been forced from their homes. sheltering in crowded camps like this one in jordan. buses arrive with more refugees. some need medical help. others are just glad to have escaped the crisis in their homeland. this injured man says syrian forces are targeting children and old people. houses are being destroyed. they are raping women, killing people with knives, they are targeting everyone. that's what he says. the new u.n. envoy to syria made his feelings clear in his first address to the un general assembly. >> the death toll is staggering. the destruction is reaching catastrophic proportions. and the suffering of the people is immense. >> according to the u.n. high commission for refugees, the
. >> jummy olabanji has more on that situation. >> let's get right to some live video coming out of athens. we have these live pictures with thousands of people in the square located in athens as a nationwide general strike is getting under way. 20,000 greeks are said to participate. demonstrators are protesting harsh spending cuts and tax hikes. greece has been in a crucial financial crisis since early this summer. so far, the strike has halted airline flights and shut down everything from schools to hospitals to shops and gas stations. police have been deployed to the area. to prevent the demonstrations from turning violet. there are massive groups of people, at least 20,000 protesting the financial crisis in greece. we will have any updates for our viewers on air and on line at >> thanks so much. the d.c. public service commission is expected to vote on the pepco proposed rate hike. the proposal is sparking opposition. last night members of an advocacy group protested outside of headquarters in washington. pepco workers are expected to vote today on a union contract. if a deal
in the streets of athens today. thousands take to the streets to protest budget cuts. are they going to change the deposit's mind, and how will it impact tourism? but no way it's 80 calories, right? no way, right? lady, i just drive the truck. right, there's no way right, right? have a nice day. [ male announcer ] 80 delicious calories. fiber one. not quite knowing what the next phase was going toe, you know, because you been, you know, this is what you had been doing. you know, working, working, working, working, working, working. and now you're talking about, well you know, i won't be, and i get the chance to spend more time with my wife and my kids. it's my world. that's my world. ♪ >>> 50,000 angry greek workers took to the streets of athens today. they shut down part of the transportation system. they closed businesses, stopped tourest sites, like that. they're upset basically with the government planning mother round of budget cuts. take a look at those pictures there. i mean, you got fires. you got smoke. already greece has/ed government pensions and benefits for those workers that ar
to the streets of athens today. the country's governing coalition is having another meeting to discuss further budget cuts. but a police of bristow had detained an executive about and based tool. he's in hot water because the whip said the not remove some ideas from the u-2 subsidiary. a judge ordered the videos be moved. police say he would be the least. >>> if a terrorist attack plans a man in jail. if the expanded this to about two months ago. and it is 16 year-old nephew posing as a terrorist hall with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. the teen-ager's mother says the video is harmless. >>> there was no malice and in the of this he is not a terrorist he is nothing more than a guy try to make a living. >>> what you possibly get out of this? to sit at your testing law enforcement response. it doesn't really make any sense to us. >>> the seeing costume panic nearly a dozen people cost 911. >>> a new social security scam is in the money men to senior straight into the accounts of criminals. at the start by finding a person's full name and a cow no. and brought benefits to their own debit car
expected in athens on your friday. here is the extended forecast. >>> our lead story this hour, a senior chinese communist party leader has played host to some elder statesmen from japan. politicians from both countries are taking tns criticizing each other over a dispute in the east china sea. he's a member of the communist party bureau standing committee. he holds the fourth most powerful position in the party. he met with the delegation of japanese lawmakers of the japan business federation and friendship associations. japan nationalized the islands two weeks ago. china and taiwan claimed the territory. he criticized japan for going ahead with the purchase despite protests. the country's normalize diplomatic ties 40 years ago. he says the relations have been significant development during that time and have brought great benefits to both countries. that's all for this edition of "newsline." thanks for joining us. captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> brown: at the united nations, israel's prime minister urged world leaders to draw a clear red line and stop iran's nucle
as a first. he carried the the torch in salt lake city in 2002 and athens in 2004 and beijing in 2008 in the name of standing for human rights and against antisemitism throughout the world. he also inspires many residents of san francisco with his passion for human rights around the world, but also diverse cultures in sport and competition, in art, and most of all his kindness and amazing spirit. it was his birthday on saturday, september 1. we worked kind of with him and many richmond residents to declare that his day in the city. but i wanted to bring this to the board of supervisors also. and on behalf of the city and county of san francisco to hereby recognize on the occasion of his 80th birthday, for his impact not just to the richmond district but to all the people of the city of san francisco. >> i am living in san francisco for almost 40 years, since i came from russia. and on behalf of san francisco, i carried four olympic torches. this is 1984, los angeles. this is 2002, salt lake city. this is 2004 in greece, athens. and this is 2008, jing beijing, china. somebody told me i
the parliament in athens. the general strike is expected to shut down many locations. meanwhile in spain, thousands of people surrounded the spanish parliament in madrid tuesday as the spanish government prepares to unveil further austerity measures. police charged against demonstrators with batons and fired rubber bullets. 35 people were arrested and 60 were injured. president obama addressed the u.n. general assembly with a heavy focus on the wave of protests that have swept muslim countries and the killing of u.s. ambassador christopher stevens. obama condemned the anti-islam film that set off the unrest. >> i have made it clear that the united states government had nothing to do with this video. i believe its message must be rejected. it is an insult not only to muslims but to america as well. in 2012, at a time when anyone with a cell phone can spread offensive views are around the world with the click of a button, the notion that we can control the flow of information is obsolete. how do we respond? on this, we must agree there is no speech that justifies mindless violence. >> he a
today. thousands of protesters converged on athens. some of them firebombed the capital during a nationwide anti-austerity strike. julia chatterly has more on the demonstration that started out peacefully. >> reporter: just a few hours after the violence flared here in athens, things are relatively back to normal. the traffic is flowing freely. litter on the streets now. and the police presence has certainly dropped right back. it began as a very peaceful protest. tens of thousands of people here to protest against the government's austerity measures. but it changed very quickly with the arrival of black dressed protesters carrying gas masks. they also had petrol bombs and engaged the riot police who let off canisters of tear gas. for now, at least, it looks like things have settled right back down. the key thing to remember is, though, this was scheduled to coincide with a voten parliament regarding the latest austerity cuts. that didn't happen today, that's yet to come. the risk is we see the violence today happening again in the next two weeks when parliament finally gets to
economy. >>> greece moves back to center among concerns as athens denies a report it's facing a 20 billion euro shortfall. >>> and foxconn shuts down a northern chinese factory after a brawl involving 2,000 workers. european stocks down session lows. ftse 100 off half a percent. xetra dax down a third. it was up before the ifo index came out disappointed. ib event x down 1.37%. just worth pointing out down five months in a row the business economy index from the ifo. 50% of spnresponses were taken before the fall and constitutional court ruling. >> such a big week for sentiment and perhaps explains the dichotomy with the pmi figures there. you're seeing a little bit better risk attitude. let me rephrase that. we're seeing the same kind of rotation into quality reflected in some of the equity moves this morning. bunds and gilts benefitting from it that. >> and euro-dollar has come down to about the session low at 129.11. a four month high we hit a week or so ago go. elsewhere the italian prime minister mario monti has res assured that fiat has not requested financial help. the ceo says it t
looking at athens here this morning as we see protests happening in athens this morning and we saw protests that turned violent as well in madrid last night and seemed to push spanish yields higher as people start to wonder, wow, are they really going to be able to do these things? are the populations going to be able to take it? what's going to happen to spanish yields when they announce the program tomorrow and the banking program on friday? >> i think it mostly depends on when they are going to request formally assistance from the eu and the imf. i think the program is largely expected to be pretty tough, but what is important is that the credibility is reinforced with the formal request for a program. i think there is opportunity to request assistance when the situation was more quiet and now they're going to be under pressure. >> you heard roy this morning. he said he is not asking for money until his interest rates rise, right? that's the issue. you're saying that he should have done it while the interest rates were low. why would he do it if interest rates are low and life i
to the north, 15 in stockholm and 18 in berlin. we have 34 in athens and out towards the stwouthwest and 32 lisbon as well as wildfires here. i'll leave you with your extended forecast. >>> one more story before we leave you. two astronauts have stepped outside the international space station again. they went on a spacewalk to finish a job they'd left undone. japanese astronaut hoshi and his american colleague tried a week ago to buckle down a power switching unit but they couldn't attach it. they had better luck this time. they coaxed it into place and restored a key part of the station's power system. they replaced a camera attached to a robotic arm. it took them six and a half hours. >>> that wraps up this edition of "newsline." thanks for joining us. this is rainwater .. collected from the roof and sent through underground pipes into this 1500 gallon tank rainwater collected from the roof flows through the gutters and into the underground pipes. then these hoses. carry water from the cistern to the plants. harvesting rainwater cuts down on run-off into the sewers & could save an averag
members in athens blocked the entrance to riot police headquarters. that prevented rider's inside from boarding buses to major protests planned this weekend. please pay is expected to be cut as the greek government pushes through spending cuts. -- police pay. >> at least 58 people have drowned after a boat carrying refugees capsized off the coast of turkey. the coast guard rescued more than 40 people. others managed to swim ashore. the boat went down in the aegean sea. officials say the boat was carrying migrants from iraq and syria. u.s. president barack obama will tell his party and all of america to night why he should stay in the white house another four years. >> the president will take the stage, of course, at the democratic national convention in charlotte, north carolina. >> he will be following some of the biggest names his party has ever known, including a man named bill. >> democrats knew they were in for a treat as bill clinton took to the stage. he is a popular figure. many americans look back fondly to clinton's presidency in the 1990's as a time of low unemployment and a
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